Earth Systems Science

Jean Carlson

Jean Carlson investigates robustness, tradeoffs, and feedback in complex, highly connected systems, and develops multi-scale models to capture important small-scale details and predict large-scale behavior.

Ned Bair

Christina (Naomi) Tague

Naomi Tague's research is focused on the interactions between hydrology and ecosystem processes and, specifically, how eco-hydrologic systems are altered by changes in land use and climate. Much of her work involves developing and using spatial simulation models to integrate data from multiple field-based monitoring studies in order to generalize results to larger watersheds. Reflecting that emphasis, she is one of the principal developers of the Regional Hydro-Ecologic Simulation System (RHESSys), an integrated model of spatially distributed carbon, water, and nitrogen cycling.

Dylan Rood

My research focuses on the use of several cosmogenic isotopes, including 10Be, 26AI and 36CI as geochemical/geophysical tracers and dating tools. I utilize cosmogenic nuclides to investigate terrestrial climate records, earthquake fault slip rates, erosion rates and landscape evolution, seismic hazard and earthquake ground motions, Earth surface processes, atmospheric circulation, hydrology, burial dating and archeology, and calibration of cosmogenic nuclide production rates.

Roger Nisbet

My research covers many areas of theoretical ecology. The overarching theme is the use of “individual-based” or “structured” population models to relate population dynamics to the physiology and behavior of individual members of a population. Much work is based on Dynamic Energy Budget (DEB) theory to describe the rates at which individual organisms assimilate and utilize energy and elemental matter. My research group both develops new fundamental theory and applies it to environmental problems.

Doug Burbank

Research Interests:
Tectonic geomorphology; active tectonics; structural and stratigraphic evolution of fold-and-thrust belts and foreland basins; evolution of collisional mountain ranges; kinematics of folding; basin analysis and modeling; analysis of digital topography; sedimentology; magnetostratigraphy; Quaternary paleoclimatology; glacial geology; geodynamics.

Carla D'Antonio

My research lies at the interface of plant community and ecosystem ecology. The goals of my research program are, to understand controls over variation in plant community change across landscapes and how the invasion of species affects ecosystem composition, structure and functioning. Specific foci include processes that control invasions by non-indigenous plant species and mechanisms through which plants affect ecosystem functioning over short versus long time scales.

Samuel Sweet

Distributional ecology and systematics of western North American and Australian amphibians and reptiles; ecology and systematics of monitor lizards; mechanics of intergrade zones and of speciational processes; crypsis; functional and evolutionary morphology; ethnozoology; conservation biology.

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